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Opinion

  • By John Logan Brent
    Henry County Judge-Executive

    Like most rural Kentucky communities, Henry County’s local economy is very diversified. Agriculture, construction, retail, and industry make up the bulk of our private sector economy. The state of Kentucky and a majority of counties, including ours, have economic development programs in some form. Though the state and counties use the term “economic development” in a broad sense, it almost always means the recruitment and expansion of industry.

  • This was written during the autumn of 1988.

    At times over the past several years, I’ve attempted to square up the rounded corners of my life, to clean up the accumulation of broken, dead limbs in the yard, the coating of dust on the top of the door that never gets wiped off.

  • On a typical day across the country, our domestic violence programs help more than 64,000 victims, 1,100 of whom live right here in Kentucky.

    But lack of funds, space and personnel mean another 10,000 have to wait for the services they need, including almost 90 here in the commonwealth.

  • I started to wonder if I would get a chance to write another column on here to you. There’s been so much politicking on this page I thought perhaps we should rename it ‘The Podium’ or ‘The Primary for The Primary’ instead of ‘Opinion.’

  • By Jon Park

  • By Rick Rand

  • By Judge-Executive John Logan Brent

     

    Change has been the norm when it comes to Henry County EMS. Over the last 10 years, we have seen the service evolve from a part-time, paid day service to a 24/7 paid service with paramedics. Not so long ago there were dozens of volunteer EMT’s with ambulances stationed in the county’s four biggest towns. Today there are less than a handful of volunteers and they assist the county with runs. These folks make a modest per diem and are an important part of our service.

  • By Joe Yates

     

    George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” With that in mind, let’s compare the outcry against Obamacare against the opposition to earlier progressive movements. The Affordable Care Act is a big deal; there’s a lot of information out there. But who’s telling the truth? A bit of historical perspective might help.

  • By Jon Park

     

    This past spring, while on vacation in our Nation’s Capital, my wife and I stopped at Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office. In the corner was the 6-foot-tall stack of paper tied up in a red bow that is the Affordable Care Act. How could anyone have read the entire bill? The Speaker of the House at the time the bill was passed, Nancy Pelosi, said “we have to vote on it before we know what’s in it.” Three years later, we are still finding out what is in it.

  • By John Logan Brent

     

    This week I will highlight Henry County’s roads and a few of the projects that are in the works.

    With well over 200 miles of roads in the county system, there is always work to be done.

    This year’s budget allowed for resurfacing on 17 different roads for a total of 4,150 tons of blacktop laid at a cost of around $275,000. These funds come from taxes on gasoline that we all pay at the pump. The state collects these dollars and remits them based on a formula to each county.

  • By Judge Executive John Logan Brent

    Over the course of the next several weeks I will discuss some of the current happenings in county government. I plan to highlight various Fiscal Court responsibilities including: roads, EMS, parks, animal services, solid waste, economic development and the county budget. We will start this first week with an update on the parks and animal services programs.

  • By Joseph Yates

    I’m sure it’s not news to you that Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) kicks in soon.

    Many people have questions about the new law but, sadly, the misinformation machine never sleeps. These scare tactics make it hard for folks to get accurate information, particularly when we see rallies of hoodwinked people toting placards that say ”Get your government hands off my Medicare!” on our television news. But let’s go behind the curtains and confront some of these myths.

  • By Jon Park

     

    If there is anything we are learning as we study the last few years, it is not that the Republican Party needs to change or adapt to a changing world, no, it is that we need to do a better job of getting our message out. Henry County is a prime example of that.

    As I talked to Henry Countians at festivals and fairs this summer, we are not that far apart in our political ideology. Henry Countians are conservative.

  • Submitted by
    Harold Bratton

    Joe Yates is my attorney and friend. Sometimes friends don’t agree on things. Joe and I are like oil and water when it comes to our political views.

    I have been reading Joe’s columns since they began appearing in the Henry County Local. During that time I have found myself disagreeing with him more than not. After last week’s column I decided to write a rebuttal.

  • A little over 23 years ago, the seeds were planted.

    The United States was preparing for war in the Middle East; at the time, Operation Desert Shield was underway. A few months later, Operation Desert Storm launched. At the same time, a journalist was born.

  • It took us almost 20 years to find the Unabomber. FBI agent Mark Felt denied for 30 years that he was ‘Deep Throat,’ the source for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s undercover investigation of Nixon and company, until he ‘fessed up in 2005. But today I am proud to announce that, after more than 35 years, we have found Ronald Reagan’s elusive ‘welfare queen.’

  • With Labor Day behind us and a “biting cold and snowy” winter to come – if the Farmers’ Almanac prediction proves correct – the clock is ticking for those of us who would like to see some of what Kentucky has to offer during the fall.

  • President Obama made a wise political move to include the vote of Congress on what action the United States will take against the Assad regime for allegedly using chemical weapons on women and children in Syria.

  • Friday, Sept. 13, will be an historic day in Henry County. That evening, both of Kentucky’s United States Senators — Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul — along with 4th District United States Congressman Thomas Massie, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, State Senators Ernie Harris and Paul Hornback, State Representative David Osborne and other area Republican leaders will all come out to Pendleton for a multi-county Grand Ol’ Party Rally.

  • The General Assembly returned to re-draw the geographic lines that govern the 100-member House and the 38-member Senate.
    It’s something we and every other state are called upon to do each decade, to reflect the differences in population found by the Census.